Andrew Farrell couldn’t be happier about returning to training after suffering a freak eye injury.
Farrell missed the second half of preseason after a ball ricocheted off the post and ruptured the retina in his left eye. The right back was bedridden for two weeks.
Farrell was expected to be sidelined until April 7, but healed faster than expected.
“We were just going in for a check up to see how it was progressing,” Farrell explained. “They said the eye was looking great. They couldn’t see the rupture anymore and there was limited-to-no bleeding or blood spots left.”
Farrell was able to travel to Toronto, making his first bench appearance of the season. While he didn’t see any game action, this was a big step in his recovery from a serious injury.
“I think it was important for me, just because I’ve been out of it, Farrell said. “Just being incorporated with the team and getting to know the guys even more – the newer guys – it was great this weekend.”
Farrell is now focused on getting back into the starting lineup. This, of course, will require a return to match fitness. Head coach Brad Friedel isn’t overly worried about this, as Farrell has been able to workout despite only recently being cleared to be a full participate in practice. Friedel noted that the coaching staff will monitor Farrell ahead of this weekend’s game against FC Cincinnati.
Of course, Farrell does face competition in the form of Brandon Bye, who has started the seasons’ first three games at right back. The veteran is quick to note that the second-year player has been playing well.
“Brandon is a great player,” Farrell praised.”He’s done great and he’s a great player, so I’m excited for whatever happens this week or throughout the season, pushing each other each week to get the best out of each other.”